Alysia MontaƱo - ASICS Track Athlete

Career Highlights

  • NCAA six-time All American
  • Two time NCAA Champion 2007(Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Two time (Collegiate Pacific Conference 10 Champion 800m
  • Two time Collegiate West Regional Champion 800m
  • University of Cal Berkeley School Record Holder in the indoor 400m and Outdoor 800m as well as the anchor leg for the School record holding 4x400 relay)


Known for the flower she tucks in her hair at every race, Alysia Montaño is a popular competitor in the world of Track and Field, holding the title as the fastest woman in the 800 meters in 2010, and blowing away the field capturing the title of 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion.

The two-time NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion and four-time USA Outdoor Champion is known for her middle distance domination and is referred to as the "800m Specialist," as it's the hardest distance to dominate. The 800 meters is considered to be the 'longest sprint': to succeed you have to find the perfect balance of both anaerobic and aerobic fitness," says Alysia. "In competition, the race is long enough that pace is important, but short enough that there ís no time for fear. So you just have to be fearless."

In 2007 at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Montaño won her first national title in the 800m with a time of 1:59.47. At the 2007 World Athletics Championships, Montaño was eliminated in the heats of the 800 m by finishing 4th with a time of 2:02.11.

At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Montaño won her first international medal, a bronze, in the 800m, finishing with a personal best time of 1:59.60. At the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Montaño won the 800 m title in a time of 1:58.33 to defend her 2010 crown. She placed fourth at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu with her second fastest time of 1:57.48 minutes.

Montaño came close to a personal best at the 2012 Prefontaine Classic, winning the 800m in 1:57.37 minutes. In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Montaño placed 5th with a time of 1:57.93. Most recently in 2013 Millrose Games, Montaño set the American Indoor Record in the 600m with a time of 1:23.59.

sprinter alysia montano competing in the 800 meter dash

Birthday: 4/23/1986
Place of Birth: Queens, NY
Residence: Berkeley, CA
College: University of California, Berkeley
Height: 5'8"
Event: 400m/800m

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